Vintage Omega Seamaster Chronograph

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2015-06-26 10:33:51

The Vintage Omega Seamaster Chronograph is a wristwatch produced by the Swiss manufacturer SSIH, Geneva.

History and Description

Omega was founded in 1848 in Switzerland by Louis Brandt. He assembled and sold watches in Italy, Scandinavia and Britain. By 1903 Omega was one of Switzerland's largest manufacturers of watches.

Following World War 1, Omega merged with Tissot to form SSIH, Geneva. Later they absorbed more than fifty other small companies, including Lemania, the original manufacturers of what became the famous Chronograph movement. Although Omega had dominated the pre-quartz market, following the 1970s the company suffered severe competition from Japanese manufacturers.

Omega are noted for being users of 'product placement' advertising, for instance, being worn in the James Bond films.

Guide For Collectors

Omega watches are widely copied and collectors should take expert advice on individual pieces before committing to purchase. The resale value of pieces is variable. Pieces which can be verified as having been used in product placement usually carry exceptional value, but special care should be taken to authenticate such claims.

Most Omega pieces offered for sale are in good working order. However, many of the movements can only be repaired by craftsmen who have specific knowledge of Omega designs, and expert advice is vital to avoid damage during any restoration which is necessary.

A large variety of Omega Chronograph watches are showcased and sold by heirloom2.com.

Sites of general interest to the collector include omega-constellation-collectors.blogspot.com and watchtime.com.au; watchtime also offers sales.

Value

In March 2012 a vintage Seamaster was offered by watchestobuy.com for the price of $3500.

An Omega Seamaster Chronograph was sold by Antiquorum SA for AU$3800 in April 2007.

An Omega Seamaster Chronograph was sold by Antiquorum SA for AU$11000 in April 2007.

An Omega Seamaster Chronograph was sold by Antiquorum SA for AU$10100 in April 2007.

An Omega Seamaster 17J Chronograph was sold by Dirk Soulis Auctions for $1200 in November 2009.

An Omega Seamaster Chronograph was sold by Antiquorum SA for AU$3600 in April 2007.

An Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronograph was sold by Antiquorum SA for AU$3900 in April 2007.

An Omega Seamaster 120 'Big Blue' Omega was sold by Antiquorum SA for AU$6500 in April 2007.

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